Rafting adventure on the Arda River in Eastern Rhodope Mountain in South Bulgaria!

Route:  Sofia - the Beli Izvor  Dam  in the Eastern Rhodope Mountain - the Kardzhali Dam near Kardzhali -  Sofia 
Transport:  Coach /Mini-van
Price from: T/A

Rafting is thrilling, exciting, wet, and wild and an incredibly big fun! Going on a rafting excursion gives you the opportunity to see exiting parts of Bulgaria while practicing your favorite sport!

The Arda River flowing through the East Rhodope Mountain in South Bulgaria provides perfect conditions for combining an amazing rafting adventure with exploration of one of the most beautiful and  unspoiled parts of the country!

Camp in the wild, spot griffins in their natural habitat and fall in love with the friendliness and simplicity of the life in the Bulgarian countryside. Be the hero in your thrilling rafting story!

Important to know:
Active season /high  water/: March - July
Low season /low water/: August - November
​No previous physical fitness is required - Suitable both for beginners and for experienced riders.

Day - by - day Itinerary:

Day 1: Bus trip: Sofia - The Beli Izvor Dam
Rafting: no
We start our adventure with a trip from Sofia to the Beli Izvor Dam, in the East Rhodope Mountains  in  South – East  Bulgaria. Once we arrive at the dam, we will set our camp and  have some time to get to know our  fellow adventurers, relax , unwind and enjoy the peaceful natural surroundings. Today we will also get instructions and training for the rafting tomorrow. The dinner will be around the camp bonfire and will be accompanied by an acoustic musical instrument performance.
Overnight at the Beli Izvor dam. (D)

Day 2: Bus trip: no
Rafting: The Devil’s Brdige (near Ardino)
- The Kardzhali
Today we will raft from the Beli Izvor Dam to the Devil’s Bridge on the Arda River.  We will set our camp nearby the bridge. Apart from the fact that the ancient bridge and the whole area are quite picturesque, they are also wrapped in myths in legends. In fact according to some beliefs, the Greek mythological hero Orpheus was born in the Rhodope Mountains, so many of the stories are connected to him.  Tonight we will enjoy another dinner around the campfire and listen to some local legends.
Overnight at the Devil’s Bridge (near the town of Ardino). (D)

Suggestions for optional activities in the East Rhodope Mountain:

  • On Day 2 we can explore the raptors reserve near the town of Ardino where we can see a number of bird species among which griffins and the Egyptian vulture.
  • On Day 2 we can also visit the ancient Thracian city of  Perpericon, perched on a high plateau near the town of Kardzhali.

Day 3:  Bus trip: the Kardzhali Dam - Sofia - Trip finishes in Sofia
Rafting: The Devil’s Brdige (near Ardino) - the Kardzhali Dam
This morning we continue our rafting adventure down the Arda River! We pack the camp and set off from the Devil’s  Bridge west through the dramatic  Arda River Valley . The white waters and the curves of the river here are mind-blowing! Once we reach the Kardzhali Dam, we will have some deserved rest before we  jump on the bus and head back to Sofia. In Sofia it is time for us to say” Goodbye”  but we will certainly keep the memory of our adventure together for a lifetime!

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  • An extreme adrenaline rush and an unforgettable adventure!
  • Rafting in the spectacular Arda River valley!
  • Camping in the unspoiled wilderness of the East Rhodope Mountains!



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What Is Included

  • Full rafting equipment: rafting boats, kayaks, paddles, life jackets, wet bag for the luggage Transport:
  • Modern Coach/Mini-van
  • Experienced professional rafting instructors
  • Full camping equipment: tents, mattresses, sleeping bags/ upon request/
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